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Google Not Obeying "Noindex" & Returning "Soft 404s"
EarWig

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 7:52 am on Aug 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Our website uses Google Maps API to display a map of the client's office address based on their postcode.

Despite the map page having <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> in the head of the document, Google Webmaster Tools show all as "Soft 404's".

Any idea how I can stop these pages returning "Soft 404s"?

Any help appreciated

 

tedster

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 10:34 pm on Aug 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Are visitors being sent to this page through a direct link, or via some kind of redirect?

Robert Charlton

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 4:26 am on Aug 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

Despite the map page having <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> in the head of the document...

Do you happen to have the page ALSO disallowed by robots.txt?

indyank

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 1:33 pm on Aug 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes I am also noticing google indexing pages with <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> in the head.Not sure whether this is a glitch right now....

@Robert the page is not disallwed by robot.txt.

g1smd

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 6:26 pm on Aug 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

What about robots.txt?

EarWig

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 8:08 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi Guys

Thanks for the feedback, direct link from page to new window with map.

Robots.txt not dissallowing

Cheers
Ray

tedster

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 10:19 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

This is becoming rather curious. Is the page's actual content being used for the description snippet and is the clickable title taken from the actual title element?

EarWig

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 11:00 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi Tedster

As far as I can tell none of the pages are in the Google index but my Google Webmaster Tools shows as follows:
www.***-*****.**.**/*******.php?pcode=BS15BQ 404-like content Aug 15, 2010

There are currently 198 urls showing as "Soft 404s"
I am ging to be away for a few days so will check back when I return.
:)

Cheers
Ray

indyank

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 11:29 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

I meant robots.txt and it was a typo....

EarWig

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Msg#: 4187557 posted 12:19 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have returned

Any other thoughts on this and how I can sort
Cheers

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